6.4 out of 10

Castro Valley Hills

Ranked 7th best neighborhood in Castro Valley
37.7143786483705 -122.084817041126
Great for
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Public Transport
  • Schools
  • Childcare
  • Eating Out
Not great for
  • Cost of Living
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Nightlife
  • Pest Free
  •  
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Singles
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian

Reviews

4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Nice Hilly Neighborhood"

Castro Valley Hills is definitely one of--if the not the--most popular neighborhoods in Castro Valley. The reason for this is fairly obvious, people’s general preference for hillside homes that can boast a bit of a view. Castro Valley Hills is definitely the place for both of those.

About half the homes here date from the post WWII period. They are basically Ranch homes with garages used to help prop them up on hills (creating a two story building on one side of the house where the garage is). These are nice mainly for their location.

The median home price up here is around $500K, with homes getting progressively more expensive the farther up into hills you travel. On the low end, only at the very edges of the neighborhood will you find homes below $400k. On the high end, though no home has recently broken the $1 million mark, many of them have approached it.

Atop the hills, up by the wooded area near Lake Chabot, you will find some manors and outright mansions. Really nice--would probably fetch multi-millions if they were over in the Peninsula, but because they are here in the East Bay, maybe $1 million when the housing market picks up again.

This neighborhood has much of what people look for in Castro Valley--great schools, fairly safe up here in the hills, and relatively affordable compared with other parts of the Bay Area. Also, this is not too bad of a spot from which to start your commute--especially if you are headed up to San Francisco.

And, of course, you are also right by Lake Chabot if you like to take nature walks and that kind of thing.
Pros
  • Great Views
  • Nice Houses
  • Close to Lake Chabot
Cons
  • Somewhat Expensive
  • Hillside Problems
  • Older Home Problems
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Country Lovers
3/5
2yrs+

"Pretty Darn nice neighborhood"

This section of Castro Valley was where my friend from San Jose moved with his family after he completed college. He has lived there for about 6 years and always told me that he loved living there and how his 2 kids excelled in school. About a year ago I paid him a visit to see his lovely home. I was gorgeous. He is a doctor and very well off so I expected his home to be amazing and it even exceeded my expectations. The entire neighborhood looked so picturesque that I actually did take pictures back home. It was wonderful to visit my friend out here and this is a place I would want to live if I can ever afford it.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees

Unranked Streets in Castro Valley Hills

"Nice isolated houses on a hill"
37.7214165875916 -122.092332146648

Carmel Dr

3.5/5
"Older eatablished street"
37.7124310432904 -122.095580238127

Quail Ave

2.5/5
"Small street, but home to the community park"
37.7093915372692 -122.08935249556

Remco St

3.5/5
"Older eatablished street, part 2"
37.7140116029445 -122.096075210415
"Beautiful views from this hillside location."
37.7102291394078 -122.080233051369

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